Contemporary Romance

A
Holding Out

The first story in Serena Bell's Returning Home series about wounded war veterans readjusting to life back home, Hold on Tight, made my best romances of 2014 list. Five years later, I'm happy to say that the author hasn't lost her touch when it comes to giving the reader an emotional, heartfelt and ...

B-
Love in the Afternoon

Confucious said that “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” In Love in the Afternoon author Karen Hawkins tries to deliver a short story full of quirky sweetness, but misses the mark just a hair by adding a touch too much of the quirky. Jake Klaine sees dead people. He’s been talking ...

B
Waiting for Tom Hanks

Waiting for Tom Hanks is cheesy, but it’s unabashedly so.  It wraps its arms around you and charms you with its tropes and tries to make you love it, almost in spite of any grumpy misgivings you might have about it when you part its covers.  It does have some nagging problems that means it doesn ...

B
Hot to the Touch

As a fan of Jaci Burton's contemporary romances, especially her Play by Play multi-sports series, I'm always happy to see her name on an upcoming new release. So when I saw that she was starting a new series featuring firefighters, I quickly added Hot to the Touch - the first in her Brotherhood by F ...

F
The Perfect Date

The Perfect Date is the most frustrating reading experience I’ve had all year.  The heroine and her son are extremely engaging, but the hero is less than worthy of her most of the time, the plot is overly dramatic and the gobs of girl hate that spatter the novel and a number of poor editorial cho ...

B+
The Chai Factor

Given it’s set in the multicultural city of Toronto, it's no surprise that Farah Heron's début, The Chai Factor, delves into some serious issues such as racism and cultural and gender equality. Yet even so the author maintains some nice comedic flair and tells a sweet opposites attract romance ma ...

B-
28 Dates

Caitlyn and Jonas have been friends with benefits for a couple of years now, but Jonas has fallen hard for Caitlyn and wants more. Caitlyn, however, is relationship adverse and thinks their arrangement is perfect. She has no intention of ever committing to anyone and wants things to just stay as the ...

A
Fix Her Up

Do NOT judge Tessa Bailey’s superbly steamy rom-com Fix Her Up by its cover image of a cartoon couple demurely kissing. I wouldn’t normally read a novel that gives off a cutesy vibe, but, given Bailey’s reputation as a prolific bestselling romance author, and the sexy series title (Hot and Ham ...

C
Unexpected

Kelly Rimmer’s Unexpected is a warm, charming book - but is dotted with little, tiny details that pick at the fabric of its entrancingly-woven spell, leaving the reader to ask questions and frown at the small stuff in spite of its larger good points. Roommates Abby Herbert and Marcus Ross have ...

C-
Under the Table

Stephanie Evanovich’s Under the Table, a gender-reversed modernization of My Fair Lady, produces mainly mixed results and never manages to become anything unique, especially funny or breathtaking before reaching its infuriating conclusion. After years of living and working in Ohio, Zoey Sulliva ...